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totter

verb tot·ter \ ˈtä-tər \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of totter

1 : to move unsteadily : stagger, wobble
2 a : to tremble or rock as if about to fall : sway
b : to become unstable : threaten to collapse

Examples of totter in a Sentence

  1. The child tottered across the room.

  2. He tottered away to bed.

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Origin and Etymology of totter

Middle English toteren


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totter

noun

Definition of totter

: an unsteady gait : wobble

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First Known Use of totter

1709

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TOTTER Defined for English Language Learners

totter

Definition of totter for English Language Learners

  • : to move or walk in a slow and unsteady way

  • : to become weak and likely to fail or collapse


TOTTER Defined for Kids

totter

verb tot·ter \ ˈtä-tər \

Definition of totter for Students

tottered; tottering
1 : to sway or rock as if about to fall
2 : to move unsteadily : stagger


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